ATM is responsible for the following functions:
Planning infrastructures and services
- ATM plans collective public transport infrastructures and programmes those that must be carried out within a timescale of ten years and, at the same time, defines their characteristics, programmes the necessary investment, supervises the corresponding projects and draws up the planning instruments to coordinate the Metropolitan Collective Public Transport System, including the Intermodal Transport Plan, if necessary.
- ATM draws up investment programmes for periods of more than one year and proposes agreements to finance infrastructures that must be signed by the state central government (AGE) and the Catalan government (Generalitat de Catalunya), as well as the instruments required to cover the completion of other investments carried out via other formulas.
- It also monitors the execution of current investments in the system contained in the programming instruments, whether such investments come from the infrastructure financing agreements taken out with the AGE and the Generalitat de Catalunya or through other financing channels.
- It plans the services and establishes coordinated programmes for their use by all the companies providing these services and monitors trends in the global mobility market with special attention to trends in private transport.
- Relations with collective transport operators
Via delegation or jointly with service owners, ATM takes out programme contracts or other kinds of agreements with the public transport service providers in its geographical area.
It draws up the programme contracts that must be taken out between ATM and operators.
It monitors the agreements and management contracts of all the private and public firms of the Metropolitan Collective Public Transport System.
- It monitors developments and compliance of programme contracts in force with Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority) and with Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Railway Authority).
It draws up and proposes agreements with Renfe (Spanish Railway Authority) regarding the integration of the local railways services provided by Renfe in Barcelona within Metropolitan Collective Public Transport System.
Financing the system via public administrations
- ATM draws up proposals for financing agreements with the different public administrations responsible for financing public transport and defines the budgetary allocations to the system.
- It takes out financing agreements with public administrations to offset the deficit of services and operational costs of the management structure.
- It controls income, costs and investments by service providers for the purposes explained in the above paragraphs.
- Organising tariffs
- It has joint responsibility for the tariffs charged by administrations owning collective transport and, among these, is the system's sole liaison with the economic administration.
- It draws up and approves a shared system of tariffs as part of a financing policy that defines to what extent revenue must cover the costs and establishes the integrated tariff system.
It owns the revenue from tariffs for combined tickets and redistributes the amount required among the operators.
- ATM disseminates the corporate image of the Metropolitan Collective Public Transport System and of ATM itself, with respect and in accordance with the images of the service owners and operators.
- It carries out communication campaigns in order to encourage the use of the aforementioned system among the population.
It's responsible for advertising, information and user relations.
Future regulatory framework
- ATM studies and draws up proposals for the administrations in the consortium (individually or via the groups or bodies that represent them before ATM) regarding the adaptation of the regulatory framework to help the consortium exercise the powers established as part of its area of authority.
It exercises administrative powers regarding the organisation of the services within its geographical area, powers which are attributed to ATM by the public administrators signing the framework agreement of 28 July 19995 and other affiliated organisations.
It establishes relations with other administrations to encourage due compliance of the functions attributed to ATM in accordance with its statutes.
Other mobility-related functions
- ATM draws up, processes and evaluates master plans for mobility.
It issues reports on urban mobility plans, service plans and studies evaluating general mobility.
- It applies and finances measures to encourage the rational use of private vehicles, notwithstanding government powers at a local and autonomous community level.
- It draws up and finances proposals to encourage the rational use of public highways and spaces related to aspects such as parking, pedestrian areas and the implementation of lanes reserved for public transport or bicycles, notwithstanding government powers at a local and autonomous community level.
It fosters a culture of sustainable mobility among the public.
- It carries out any other function attributed to it by current legislation in the area of mobility.